Panipat: India’s star javelin thrower and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra was rushed to a hospital in Panipat on Tuesday after leaving a welcome ceremony at his village midway due to exhaustion and high fever, as per reports.
“A lot of people turned up and he reached the venue of the welcome function near his village on a cavalcade. It took time to reach the venue of the function,” the source informed media.
“But midway into the function he was feeling exhausted and started having slight fever. So, he left the function and had taken rest at a house nearby,” the source informed.
“There are some rumours that he has been taken to a hospital. It is not like that. He is all right, it’s not a serious issue. Basically, he is feeling exhausted due to attending many functions non-stop after his arrival from Tokyo. He is taking rest at a place not very far from his house.”
For the unversed, the 23-year-old became the first Indian track-and-field athlete to win a gold in the Olympics to become only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Games after shooter Abhinav Bindra in 2008. But a couple of days after returning home on Monday, he developed a high fever and underwent a coronavirus test on the advice of doctors.
“He has tested negative for COVID-19. But we have put all his engagements on hold for the time being,” a source informed media.